I observed a mother and daughter in a grocery store today. The daughter was a young teen, pushing the cart behind her mother. The daughter stops at a soda she wanted.
“Here mama,” picking up a bottle of bubbly goodness; a brand of soda that is usually sold with a jingle or catch phrase. The mother stops and looks it over. “Sweetheart, here,” grabbing at the shelf.
“Store brand?,” she scuffs.
“Yes. Save some money. I ain’t got payed yet.”
The mother places the store brand soda in the cart and continues walking down the aisle; daughter just stares down the aisle.
“Well, come on, hurry up,” Her daughter catches up.
“How are you gonna tell me to hurry up when you walk so slow?” – I chuckled on the inside. But praising, that the mother was teaching some thrifty responsibility.
It was obvious that the daughter’s rebuttal was fueled by discontent. However, the ordeal reminded me of The Crab and His Mother:
An old crab said to her son, “Why do you walk sideways like that, my son? You ought to walk straight.” The young crab replied, “Show me how, dear mother, and I’ll follow your example.” The old crab tried, but tried in vain, and then saw how foolish she had been to find fault with her child. – Aesope’s Fables
Oh, how easy it is. – to find fault with others and dismiss our own faults. I pray I may be aware of my own hypocrisy. Help me Lord, to change my ways, so that I may direct my own children in truth and righteousness. It was Jesus that said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise (John 5:19.) Father leads, son follows; Mother leads, daughter follows. Mothers and Fathers are examples for their children. To have one and not the other is to break a link in the chain. – I am not saying people cannot grow to be good people without issue. However, chances are greater when one is missing. Why risk your child’s development? Ironic, today I started reading, The 5 Love Languages for Children – By Gary Chapman. The book was handed to me. Children seem to be an important topic as of late. Gary Chapman’s book for adults, carrying a similar title, is a great read too. I encourage it. God bless.